Over the past few days I have walked the path of symptoms, diagnosis, potential solutions, decision making, action, and what this all means for the future, several times. The journey is still interesting, for me at least. I find myself rediscovering my fears and reliving moments where I was able to act on courage. I have also found myself revisiting moments that were less than glorious, often ones that are only know to my soul. I know I have a natural disposition to walk away from the past few months. I would like to pretend that everything is as it was. I find myself holding onto a false hope that I can imagine a world where everything had followed the perfect karma script of innocence and wonder.
The funny part of it all lies in the future. I have a future that is open and unlimited. My future and yours are linked! We can do anything we choose to do.
In the reality of our lives, we have elephants in our rooms! Some seem bigger than others, yet as I listen to the stories of fellow travelers, I think all elephants are big! Your story is filled with wonder, awe, pain, anguish, and uncertainty. Your story is filled with success and things less so.
As I listen to the stories of others, I find myself drawn into a wonderful experience of community, sharing, and living. I am not alone, in fact I never was. My struggles may be difficult, insurmountable, or even overwhelming for others, yet God continues to present Divine gifts (principles, experiences, tools) that allow me to respond to each as they come. I am not unique in this regard. God passionately cares for each in the same way.
Two points emerge. When someone thinks my life is different (special), Peter's words are mine. “Peter pulled him up and said, 'None of that-I'm a man and only a man, no different from you.'” (Acts 10.26) Second, the question, then and now, is what am I going to do now in context of the elephants.
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